College for Creative Studies project, 2005.
Fully functioning, full scale prototype
MDF, automotive paint, bent plywood, walnut veneer
It struck me that there were three elements that go into making a table useful; a surface, seating and lighting. Yet most often these elements are sold separately, at best paired stylistically. I arrived on a complete system of nesting stools and integrated, retractable lighting, as well as a low Japanese-inspired profile to reduce visual weight and work in space-restricted areas.
Role: Experience previsualization using video production, props & SFX.
Design Direction: Scott Wilson
Design: Matt Puhalla, Leon Fitzpatrick, Dave Seal
Mechanical Engineering: Jon Godston
XBOX Design Team: Carl Ledbetter, John Ikeda
Conceptualize, shoot & edit
Video is an increasingly effective and necessary method for communication. As a designer at Motorola I frequently used video to capture and communicate ideas & inspiration, research in the field and internal studio culture. At MNML I directed those skills towards previsualization experience videos for large clients, inspirational look and feel videos, as well as how-to product assembly videos.
I can create fast, viral and to-the-point productions in order to deliver a brand message, capture a mood or event, or communicate a point of view.
Long live analogue.
Both a professional tool and a personal one, I constantly have pen to paper filling sketchbooks, post it notes or whatever I can get my hands on. Over the years I've seen these skills become demphasized in both industry and educational institutions for various reasons. While drawing may not be the communication tool it once was, I find it extremely useful and often cathartic.
(Work in progress)
ZERO is an approach to sustainability that resets everything back to a fundamental base line. Products, transportation, food...our model of manufacturing and consumption is pushing us into the red, environmentally and socially. A true holistic solution starts at home. But recycling, driving a hybrid, and buying 'eco friendly; products is a moot point if the house itself is energy inefficient, and full of landfill-destined items. If you start from nothing - zero point or baseline - everything that follows is carefully considered.
The premise of the project is small, energy efficient and off-grid living. With a site identified in Mt Tamborine (Queensland, Australia) the project involves prototyping a practical proof-of-concept, to potentially be used as short stay/B&B accommodation. With this model, guests would experience a new way of living, with that hope that upon returning to day to day life they would start to look at the inefficiencies and excess of modern life with a new reference point.
The houses themselves would feature locally made goods, furniture and fixtures, all on display as a marketplace for local craftsmen and designers.
DUTCH DESIGN WEEK TREND BOOK
A small piece in the 2010 Dutch Design Week Trend Book, The Future of Mobility discussed the automobile’s place in modern society and as something that must evolve based on local needs, economies and resources; a locally sourced solution instead of a globally distributed problem.
Over the past several years I've critiqued student projects and portfolios, and delivered guest lectures at numerous educational institutions such as the College for Creative Studies, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Illinois Chicago, and the Queensland College of Art, the latter at which I currently teach a course in Concept Visualization.
INDUSTRIAL DESIRE - DETROIT CONCEPT CARS
As curator for Industrial Desire it was my role to liaise between the College for Creative Studies' automotive design department and Artisan Galleries in Brisbane; to select the models from the college’s permanent collection, develop graphic identity & branding, write an essay on the concept and contents of the show, and produce a video that would tie everything together. I also gave several presentations on concept cars & automotive design to the public and select groups of designers, architects and engineers.
ZERO DARK SKETCHY
In 2013 a couple of colleagues and I orchestrated a series of after-hours sketching workshops. Zero Dark Sketchy sought to circumvent stale institutional environments to foster creativity equally as rigorous as it was laid back and social. The workshops were graciously hosted by design & fabrication studios Holloway and Ellaspede, both in the West End of Brisbane. The video I produced can be viewed here
Citroën H Van
College for Creative Studies project, 2005.
1/5 Scale model
Foam, 3-D printing, automotive paint
My senior thesis was centered around a reinterpretation of Citroen’s classic H Van, a ruthlessly simple vehicle that was used by everyone for everything. By varying elements such as the wheelbase and sheet metal, the little H Van was infinitely useful.
Instead of a restyling, I focused on modularity, use-case, environmental issues of refurbishment and postponement, and product ideas such as the removable headlights; treating the entire vehicle as no more than a complex product. The resulting model was featured at The College for Creative Studies' display during the 2006 North American International Auto Show, and was published in the July 2006 issue of Car Styling.